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The Right to Information Commission is the central oversight and enforcement agency established under the Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016, established under Section 11 of the RTI Act. It is a statutorily independent body which has powers to hold inquiries into complaints on non- compliance and to recommend disciplinary actions against offending officials. It also has the powers to prosecute those who commit offences defined in the Act. [Sections 15, 38 (2) and 39 (4)]

The Commission consists of a Chair and 4 Members appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The Constitutional Council is required to, for this purpose, recommend one person each nominated by the a) Bar Association of Sri Lanka, b) media organisations, and c) other civil society organisations. [Section 12 (1)]

The recommended persons should have distinguished themselves in public life and have experience and eminence in their chosen field, not hold political, public or judicial office or any office of profit, not be connected to any political party and not be carrying out any business or pursuing a profession. [Section 12 (2)]

The Commissioners hold office for 5 years. [Section 12 (6) of the RTI Act] and are obliged to not disclose any information that is exempted under the provisions of the RTI Act.[Section 12 (7)]

The Commission shall appoint the Director General and other officers and employees as necessary. The Director – General of the Commission shall be its CEO.  (Section 13)

The Commission has its own Fund into which sums of money voted for its use by Parliament and any donations, gifts, or grants from outside sources are credited [Section 16 (1)].





Recent Decisions in Appeal (2023)

Cases filed in the Magistrate Court under Section 39 of the Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016

Release of Information in Public Interest Appeals/Substantive Documents (SELECTED), 2023


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E-mail addresses use for sending notices to Appellant and Public Authorities

Recent Decisions in Appeal (2022)


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Global Information Commissioners Meet in Manila, June 2023 - RTI Commissioner Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena speaks at plenary sessions

Ongoing In-Person Hearings